John Moore Locks Gallery

Neon Red, 2014
oil on canvas
60 x 50 inches

John Moore Locks Gallery

Fire Door, 2014
oil on linen
62 1/4 x 70 1/8 inches

John Moore Locks Gallery

Dance Floor, 2014
oil on linen
60 x 50 1/2 inches

John Moore Locks Gallery

Canal, 2014
oil on canvas
44 1/2 x 36 inches

John Moore Locks Gallery

Apple Tree, 2014
oil on canvas
36 x 46 inches

John Moore Locks Gallery

Holiday, 2013
oil on canvas
46 x 36 inches

John Moore Locks Gallery

Crossing Guard, 2013
oil on canvas
60 x 50 inches

John Moore Locks Gallery

Red Door, 2014
oil on canvas
36 x 46 inches

John Moore Locks Gallery

Wharf, 2014
oil on canvas
44 1/2 x 36 inches

Press Release

Locks Gallery is pleased to present Allusion, an exhibition of new paintings by John Moore, on view from October 3rd through November 8, 2014 with a reception for the artist on October 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. A fully illustrated publication accompanies the exhibition with an essay by curator Marshall Price.

John Moore’s masterful paintings edge on acute realism but seldom reveal what is actually there. Collecting fleeting moments of ephemeral lighting, or taking disparate elements of different views to make one place, Moore weaves his observed perspectives into psychologically charged scenes. Through the work, he both examines and elevates his historic and post-industrial surroundings where his studio is located in Frankford, Philadelphia. Here, Moore offers a contemporary perspective in dialogue with the legacy of early 20th century American precisionist painting. Now a city deeply in flux, Moore embodies the current transformation of Philadelphia in his reimagined scenes that depict both urban ruin and a transcendent beauty.

Moore’s new paintings use architecture as a framework for optical surprises and spatial play, providing a maze for the viewers’ eyes between structures, textures, and frames within the painting’s frame. His vistas can prove to be subtle in their disorientation as they play between the inherent abstraction of surfaces and a broader perspective. These scenes are alluring in their stillness and all-encompassing in their nuanced sensory awareness. As Marshall Price remarks, “Moore’s mastery lies in his ability to create paintings that appear suspended between a state of crystallized reality and a vague oneiric familiarity.”

John Moore
Artist
John Moore
John Moore: Philadelphia Inquirer
Writing
John Moore: Philadelphia Inquirer
November 2, 2014

"Moore at Locks" by Edith Newhall

John Moore: Allusion
Publication
John Moore: Allusion
Text by Marshall N. Price 2014